Point/Counterpoint: Cone beam CT imaging - Worthwhile or Not for Patient Diagnosis?

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Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is gaining increasing popularity as part of the diagnostic armamentarium in many areas of dentistry, including endodontics. This session will discuss the merits of a subset of the many potential applications of CBCT imaging in endodontics.    

At the conclusion, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the concept of balancing radiation doses with obtaining the most clinically useful information for patient diagnosis.  
  • Discuss the limitations of CBCT imaging for interpreting endodontically- and nonendodontically-related pathoses.  
  • Discuss the limitations of CBCT imaging for detecting vertical root fractures, and describe the importance of identifying the etiologic factors related to endodontic failures.     

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Nestor Cohenca, D.D.S., F.I.A.D.T.

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Dr. Nestor Cohenca completed the endodontic program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem cum laude and received the Best Graduate Student Award. He then served 11 years on faculty at the school while maintaining a private practice limited to endodontics. Dr. Cohenca joined the University of Washington and served as tenured professor of endodontics and pediatric dentistry from 2005-2014. Currently he serves as professor and director of endodontics and the Multidisciplinary Traumatology Unit at Seattle Children’s Hospital and maintains a private practice limited to endodontics in Kirkland, Wash. He is a Diplomate of the Israel Board of Endodontics and the American Board of Endodontics. Dr. Cohenca is a Fellow and past-president of the International Association of Dental Traumatology and received an honorary membership to Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, 10 chapters and a book. Dr. Cohenca provided more than 250 lectures around the world and is well known as one of the experts in dental traumatology, endo-pedo-related topics, vital pulp therapy, CBCT and root canal disinfection.

Ernest Lam, DMD, MSc, PhD, FRCD(C)

Professor Lam is the Dr. Lloyd & Mrs. Kay Chapman Chair in Clinical Sciences in the Faculty of Dentistry of the University of Toronto. As well, he is the Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology graduate program and the Associate Dean for Graduate Education. Dr. Lam completed B.Sc. (Hons.), D.M.D. and M.Sc. degrees at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. After spending 2 years in private general practice dentistry in Vancouver, he enrolled at the University of Iowa where he completed a Certificate in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and a Ph.D. in Radiation Biology. Dr. Lam is a Fellow of the Royal College of Dentists of Canada in Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology.

  Nestor Cohenca, D.D.S., F.I.A.D.T.

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 Ernest W.N. Lam, D.M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., F.R.C.D.   

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Disclosure: In accordance with this policy, I declare that I have NO past or present proprietary or relevant financial relationship or receive gifts in kind (including soft intangible remuneration), consulting position or affiliation, or other personal interest of any nature or kind in any product, service, course and/or company, or in any firm beneficially associated therewith.